On page 34 of the book "Modern Miracles", it is mentioned that when Sathya Sai
Baba produced a sizable piece of white rock candy by a wave of his hand,
Haraldsson asked him: "How do you do this". SSB's answer was: "Mental creation.
I think, I imagine, and then it is there."
If the production, transformation, or vanishing a thing by SSB is just by
thinking or imagining, then a question arises as to why he moves his hands and
body to produce, transform or vanish a thing?
To produce, transform or to vanish one needs a hiding place. The movement of
the hands and the body helps one to produce, transform or vanish a thing which
can be hidden in their body or hand. This is what SSB does. Bigger things which
cannot be hidden on the body you will find that he produces them from sand.
Haraldsson lost a good opportunity to examine whether, if the photo is wiped
clean, holy ash would again form. (see page 20). Many places which I visited
where holy ash was said to be flowing from the photos of SSB, I found that they
had sprayed the ash mixed in startch solution which when dried gives an effect
as if ash is forming on the photos. Another method was by using mercuric
chloride solution on photos or books which has been printed with metalic Ink or
paint. Then in the specially made hollow in the top frame or in the back wall
which is filled with ash and when fan is put, it seems as if ash is flowing from
the photo. For honey, or Amrith, a bottle of the liquid is kept at the back of
the wall and a tube connected to the back of the top of the photo frame and when
the tap is opened when people come to see the miracle, drop by drop honey or
Amrith flows from the photo.
Neither, Haraldsson or Karlis Osis were able to persuade Baba to participate
in scientific experiments. On page 41 Haraldsson mentions that Dr.Bhagwantam
advised them not to pester Baba further with requests for experiments, since
that might spoil their relationship with him. What Haraldsson has done is, he
has collected some old stories of SSB's miracles and interviewed some inner
circle members of SSB's band wagon and some old devotees who have left SSB but
are afraid to talk against him for fear of black mail. Then how can this book be
an objective scientific report? Read the correspondence I had with the author,
you will know the truth.